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Coronavirus Updates

28 Alerts
April 16, 2021 2:20 PM

Dial 3.0 Passed to Local Governance

(April 16, 2021) Late last night, The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued a revised state public health order that determined the regulation of Dial 3.0 will be transitioned to county oversight, effective immediately.

April 13, 2021 2:25 PM

Colorado Temporarily Pauses Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine

(April 13, 2021) A joint statement from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends pausing the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine out of an abundance of caution.

San Miguel County Public Health is actively responding by shifting existing Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine clinics to offer the Moderna vaccine at this time.

April 9, 2021 4:49 PM

Herd Immunity: What is it? What will it take?

(April 9, 2021) According to a recent NPR/Marist poll, one in four Americans said they would refuse a COVID-19 vaccine outright if offered. Another 5% are "undecided" about whether they would get a vaccine.

As cases begin to rise again and the prevalence of variants increases across the United States, vaccine rollout has become increasingly critical to avoid another wave of outbreaks. This week, President Joe Biden ordered all states to expand eligibility to...

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April 6, 2021 4:55 PM

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics: What to Expect

(April 6, 2021) The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment expanded vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 years of age and older on Friday, April 2.

With adequate supply to proceed with this phase of vaccination, San Miguel County Public Health encourages all residents interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine to pre-register on the county COVID website:

April 2, 2021 3:35 PM

San Miguel County to Reduce Restrictions for Personal Gatherings, Bars, Lodging

(April 2, 2021) Effective at 1:00 am, on Monday, April 5, San Miguel County Public Health will amend the Level Blue order to align with the state’s capacity restrictions as it pertains to personal gatherings and bars.

March 30, 2021 5:22 PM

Testing for COVID-19 Remains Critical to Continued Downward Trend

(March 30, 2021) San Miguel County residents have seen success containing the spread of COVID-19 by testing frequently and isolating when sick. However, the prevalence of COVID-19 is anything but gone.

March 29, 2021 4:43 PM

Phase 2 of Vaccine Eligibility to Commence Friday, April 2

(March 29, 2021) Governor Jared Polis announced this morning that, as a result of supply increases and successful distribution, the state will commence Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility this Friday, April 2.

March 26, 2021 5:27 PM

CDPHE Releases Vaccine Survey Findings

(March 24, 2021) The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released an updated vaccine survey.

Compared to previous data from a similar survey in September, the CDPHE identified a significant shift in Coloradans’ views of the COVID-19 vaccines.

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March 24, 2021 3:23 PM

Public Health Order Deescalated to Level Blue - Caution

(March 24, 2021) San Miguel County will move to Level Blue effective immediately as today, the Colorado Department of Public Health implemented the latest update to the COVID-19 dial framework: Dial 3.0.

March 23, 2021 5:01 PM

San Miguel County Residents Test Positive for UK Variant

(March 23, 2021) San Miguel County Public Health has confirmed two county residents have been infected with the B.1.1.7 variant. The two residents are currently in isolation and all known close contacts have been informed at this time.

March 23, 2021 8:53 AM

UK Variant Detected in Wastewater Analysis

(March 23, 2021) San Miguel County Public Health has detected a variant of concern, known as B.1.1.7, from a wastewater treatment sample taken on March 16.

March 19, 2021 4:48 PM

San Miguel County Approved for CDPHE 5-Star Program

(March 19, 2021) San Miguel County has been approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to move forward with the 5 Star State Certification program.

This program will allow eligible businesses with increased pandemic protections and precautions beyond what is required by Public Health to reopen more quickly. Depending on where San Miguel County falls in the state’s COVID-19 dial, certified businesses...

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March 16, 2021 10:09 PM

One Year in a Pandemic

(March 16, 2021) One year ago, the world shifted. Our lives shifted. In reflection, we have all grown and learned so much. The most important realization confirmed one thing in particular: we love our community.

The journey we all undertook during the first few weeks was filled with fear, loss, abnormality and a general slowing down. Through all of this, we have emerged one whole year later stronger and more resolute.

March 12, 2021 4:42 PM

Phase 1B.4 to Commence Friday, March 19

(March 12, 2021) Governor Jared Polis announced this afternoon that, as a result of supply increases and successful distribution, the state will commence phase 1B.4 two days ahead of schedule, on Friday, March 19.

According to Governor Polis, the addition of phase 1B.4 will make about half of the state’s population eligible for the vaccine.

March 12, 2021 2:33 PM

May 1 National Target for General Public Vaccine Eligibility

(March 12, 2021) With vaccine supply projected to increase in the coming months, eligibility is expected to expand by May 1. Face coverings, hand washing and limiting group size continue to be an important avenue to a less restrictive summer.

March 9, 2021 2:11 PM

Centers for Disease Control Release Protocol for Vaccinated Population

(March 9, 2021) The Centers for Disease Control released new guidelines for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For those receiving the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, full vaccination occurs 14 days after receiving the second dose.

For Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, full vaccination occurs 28 days after receiving the single dose.

March 5, 2021 3:12 PM

Colorado Phase 1B.3 Commences

(March 5, 2021) San Miguel County Public Health has received an allocation of 500 of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ single-dose vaccines, from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

This single allocation will augment vaccine distribution for the remainder of the month until supply increases which is expected in April.

Today marks another expansion of vaccine eligibility in Colorado with the commencement of Phase 1B.3. Eligible...

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March 2, 2021 12:41 PM

Colorado to Receive Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation

(March 2, 2021) Janssen Pharmaceuticals, owned by parent company Johnson and Johnson, has developed a single-dose vaccine for COVID-19 approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Saturday for use in those 18 years of age and older.

Last night, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) confirmed that Colorado should receive its first allotments of Janssen’s COVID-19 vaccine this week. The state expects 45,500 doses in the first order in time for Phase 1B.3 of...

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February 26, 2021 3:49 PM

Phased Vaccine Distribution Expanded, Phases 1B.3 and 1B.4 Defined

(February 26, 2021) Governor Jared Polis has announced an additional expansion of Phase 1B vaccination redefining phase 1B.3 and adding an additional sub-phase, Phase 1B.4, which include frontline and at-risk residents.

February 26, 2021 12:26 PM

San Miguel County to Move to Level Yellow on Monday, March 1

(February 26, 2021) Effective at 1 am MST on Friday, February 26, San Miguel County’s East End has moved into Level Orange, ending the county bifurcation at this time.

February 23, 2021 4:50 PM

Wastewater Treatment Data Continues to Inform Disease Trends

(February 23, 2021) San Miguel County wastewater COVID testing has detected a trace amount of a COVID-19 variant of unknown significance in the most recent sample from the East End sewer shed.

The variant detected is not a Variant of Concern, such as the more transmissible B117 variant that originated in the United Kingdom, nor the variants that originated in South Africa and Brazil. The test to indicate a B117 variant of concern tests for an...

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February 19, 2021 5:35 PM

Importance of Getting Tested while Access Expands - CDPHE mass testing events return

(February 19, 2021) San Miguel County Public Health continues to expand testing opportunities for residents and visitors alike in order to best inform how the virus is spreading and to effectively limit spread going forward.

Next week, on February 25 and 26, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will return to Norwood and Telluride Airport for two mass testing events.

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February 16, 2021 3:25 PM

Federal Retail Pharmacy Program and Vaccine Eligibility

(February 16, 2021) As vaccine supply to the United States is expected to increase in the coming months, the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccinations is increasing access to vaccines for those eligible throughout the United States.

February 12, 2021 3:01 PM

Physical Distancing Slows the Spread of COVID-19

(February 12, 2021) Physical distancing, also referred to as social distancing, maintains a safe space between people not from one’s household in order to protect against the transmission of COVID-19.

As one of the five commitments, especially when employed with mask wearing and limiting group size, physical distancing has proven effective in limiting transmission.

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February 9, 2021 5:00 PM

San Miguel County Bifurcation, East End Moves into Orange Extreme

(February 9, 2021) In analyzing positivity and incidence trends since January 4, San Miguel County Public Health has recognized a disparity in the disease burden between the east and west ends of the county.

As a result of increased cases in the east end of the county, San Miguel County Public Health, advised by the Board of Health, has determined that differing regulations to address the varied levels of disease burden is in the best interest of both...

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February 6, 2021 12:27 PM

Decrease in State Disease Prevalence and Hospitalization Rate Leads to Shift in State Dial Metrics

(February 6, 2021) The state has announced several modifications to the COVID-19 Dial Framework, Dial 2.0, that are in effect as of today, Saturday, February 6 at 9 am MST.

The adjustments include a change in metrics and the threshold necessary to move between levels on the dial.

February 5, 2021 4:27 PM

Limiting Group Size Proves Effective in Containing COVID-19 Transmission

(February 5, 2021) Understanding the importance of mental and physical health, quarantine pods can effectively limit the risk of contracting COVID-19 while allowing people to have much needed social interactions with their friends and family.

February 2, 2021 3:03 PM

UK Variant Not Detected in San Miguel County Wastewater

(February 2, 2021) After reaching record numbers of COVID-19 infections throughout January, San Miguel County Public Health and the Telluride Wastewater Division sent in a wastewater sample to test for trace amounts of the number B 1.1.7 variant.

Test results came back negative for the variant first discovered in the United Kingdom. This data confirms that spread is occurring due to relaxed behaviors and loosened policies across the county.

County Road Status Updates

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High Mountain Pass Status

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June 22, 2020 7:56 AM

Imogene Pass is open

San Miguel and Ouray Counties have completed opening Imogene Pass.

June 8, 2020 11:22 AM

Ophir Pass is open

Ophir Pass is open for the season.

Public Surplus

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April 7, 2021 8:00 AM

Surplus Property Available for Auction

San Miguel County is auctioning off surplus vehicles, outdoor arena fencing materials, bleachers, gates, and chutes via an online auction. Please visit our auction page to view the items and bid!